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Fight Club (1999)

aka Fight Club

"How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?"

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Details: 139 mins · English · R (USA)

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After all the hype of this cult classic, I thought it was going to be better. It was interesting to watch, but it left me going "eh". The meaning of the movie is pounded into the watcher's head just as it is into the main character's. I suppose this means the watcher fully feels what the main character felt, but I do not want to be force fed meaning.
The twist was unexpected, but after it was revealed, it held no charm for me.
The acting was well done and the pacing was without any unnecessary pauses. The breaths of air from this world were hardly there, but the director did a fantastic job of shoving the audience into the world and forcing them to stay there.
I would watch this movie again, but in no way is it one of my favorites.

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This film OOZES testosterone like I can't even---

and I absolutely DID NOT expect it to dissolve into domestic terrorism like du fuq

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Woah!

That was like WoW. Puts certain things in perspective. Gotto rewatch.

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Cast:

No_movie_poster Airport Security Officer
Small Tyler Durden
Small Marla Singer
Small Robert 'Bob' Paulson
Small Richard Chesler
No_movie_poster Intern
Small Thomas
No_movie_poster Chloe
Small The Mechanic
Small Ricky
Small Angel Face
No_movie_poster Lou
No_movie_poster Inspector Dent
No_movie_poster Walter
No_movie_poster Group Leader
Small Narrator

Crew:

No_movie_poster Art Linson Producer
No_movie_poster Alex McDowell Production Design
Small David Fincher Director
Small Chuck Palahniuk Novel
No_movie_poster Jim Uhls Author
No_movie_poster Ross Grayson Bell Producer
No_movie_poster Ceán Chaffin Producer
No_movie_poster David Prior Producer
No_movie_poster John King Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Michael Simpson Original Music Composer
No_movie_poster Jeff Cronenweth Director of Photography
No_movie_poster James Haygood Editor
No_movie_poster Laray Mayfield Casting
No_movie_poster Ren Klyce Sound Editor
No_movie_poster Richard Hymns Sound Editor
Small Chuck Palahniuk Story Contributor

Taglines:

"How much can you know about yourself if you've never been in a fight?"

"Mischief. Mayhem. Soap."

"Hand soap? How about swollen and broken fist soap?"

"Creates a thick rich lather. Like rabies."

"Wash your feminine side clean off."

"You are the all-dancing, all-singing crap of the world"

"The best fat for making soap comes from humans."

"Works great even on blood stains."

Plot:

The unnamed narrator (Norton) is a travelling automobile company employee who suffers from insomnia. His doctor refuses to give him medication and advises him to visit a support group to witness more severe suffering. The narrator attends a support group for testicular cancer victims and, after fooling them into thinking that he is a fellow victim, finds an emotional release that relieves his insomnia. He becomes addicted to attending support groups and pretending to be a victim, but the presence of another impostor, Marla Singer (Bonham Carter), disturbs him, so he negotiates with her to avoid their meeting at the same groups.


After a flight home from a business trip, the narrator finds his apartment destroyed by an explosion. He calls Tyler Durden (Pitt), a soap salesman whom he befriended on the flight, and they meet at a bar. A conversation about consumerism leads to Tyler inviting the narrator to stay at his place; outside the bar he requests that the narrator hit him. The two engage in a fistfight, and the narrator subsequently moves into Tyler's dilapidated house. They have further fights outside the bar, and these attract a crowd of men. The fighting moves to the bar's basement where the men form a "fight club".


Marla overdoses on pills and telephones the narrator for help; he ignores her, but Tyler answers the call and saves her. Tyler and Marla become sexually involved, and Tyler warns the narrator never to talk to Marla about him. More fight clubs form across the country, and under Tyler's leadership, they become the anti-materialist and anti-corporate organization called "Project Mayhem". The narrator complains to Tyler that he wants to be more involved in the organization, but Tyler suddenly disappears. When a member of Project Mayhem is killed by the police during a botched sabotage operation, the narrator tries to shut down the project, and follows evidence of Tyler's national travels to track him down. In one city, a Project member greets the narrator as Tyler Durden. The narrator calls Marla from his hotel room and discovers that Marla also believes him to be Tyler. He suddenly sees Tyler in his room, and Tyler explains that they are dissociated personalities in the same body. When the narrator has believed himself to be asleep, Tyler has in fact been controlling his body.


The narrator blacks out after the conversation. When he wakes, he discovers from his telephone log that Tyler made calls during his blackout. He uncovers Tyler's plans to erase debt by destroying buildings that contain credit card companies' records. The narrator tries to contact the police but finds that the officers are members of the Project. He attempts to disarm explosives in a building, but Tyler subdues him and moves to a safe building to watch the destruction. The narrator, held by Tyler at gunpoint, realizes that in sharing the same body with Tyler, he himself is actually holding the gun. He fires it into his mouth, shooting through the cheek without killing himself. Tyler collapses with an exit wound to the back of his head, and the narrator stops mentally projecting him. Afterward, Project Mayhem members bring a kidnapped Marla to him, believing him to be Tyler, and leave them alone. The explosives detonate, collapsing the buildings, and the narrator and Marla watch the scene, holding hands.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 1999-10-15 : United States of America

DVD : 2000-06-06

DVD : 2002-08-27

1999-09-10 : Italy

1999-10-29 : Italy

1999-09-21 : United States of America

1999-10-06 : United States of America

1999-10-15 : Canada

2011-02-10 : Canada

1999-10-29 : Brazil

1999-11-04 : Argentina

1999-11-04 : Netherlands

1999-11-04 : Singapore

1999-11-05 : Denmark

1999-11-05 : Iceland

1999-11-05 : Mexico

1999-11-05 : Spain

1999-11-10 : Belgium

1999-11-10 : France

1999-11-10 : Switzerland

1999-11-11 : Australia

1999-11-11 : Germany

1999-11-11 : Hong Kong

1999-11-11 : New Zealand

1999-11-11 : Taiwan

1999-11-12 : Finland

1999-11-12 : Norway

1999-11-12 : Portugal

1999-11-12 : United Kingdom

1999-11-12 : Uruguay

1999-11-13 : South Korea

1999-11-16 : Israel

1999-11-17 : Philippines

1999-11-24 : Malta

1999-12-10 : Turkey

1999-12-11 : Japan

1999-12-25 : Sweden

2000-01-07 : Estonia

2000-01-13 : Malaysia

2000-01-18 : Russia

2000-01-25 : Czech Republic

2000-02-10 : Czech Republic

2000-01-27 : Hungary

2000-01-28 : South Africa

2000-02-10 : Slovakia

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2000-02-18 : Greece

2000-02-24 : Slovenia

2000-03-01 : Egypt

2000-03-09 : Croatia